Manila & Cebu Getaway

Manila & Cebu (9 Days)



Day 1  Depart Vancouver

You begin your adventure. Depart Vancouver to Manila via Philippines Airlines. En-route you will cross the International Dateline.

Day 2  Arrive Manila

Arrive in Manila International Airport, you will be transferred to hotel upon arrival.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Antel or similar

Day 3  Manila

Today, you will take a half day sightseeing in the bustling metropolis Manila from the financial district of Makati, with a brief stop at the American Cemetery. From there, move on to the city of Manila, the country’s capital. Arrive at Rizal Park, named in honor of the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.

After a brief picture stop, proceed to the Walled City of Intramuros to visit the remnants of Spain’s conquistadores. Travel through the cobbled streets to San Agustin Church, the country’s oldest stone church, and view its wide collection of ecclesiastical icons, vestments and other religious articles.

Across it is Casa Manila, a reproduction of a 19th century house equipped with oriental and european décor, as well as Philippine antique furniture. The tour ends up at Fort Santiago, Manila’s main line of defense against invaders from the sea. It is a stone fort guarding the entrance to the city from Manila Bay. It has been the site of many tragic moments in Philippine history.

From the Fort, drive on to Manila’s central district, Quiapo, often referred to as the heart of Maila with its market, pigrimage church of the Black Nazarene, jeepney terminals and bazaars. Then, proceed to the Chinese cemetery, the only one of its kind in the world, where the mausoleums are as big and as elaborate as houses and where the fusion of eastern and Christian religions are very much in evidence. (B)

Hotel: Best Western Plus Antel or similar

Day 4  Manila

Today, you will take a full day trip to Villa Escudero, a quaint resort located in Tiaong, Quezon Province, about 10 kilometers south of San Pablo, and about 1.5. kilometers from the Laguna-Quezon boundary.

An 800-hectare coconut plantation that dates back from Spanish times, the hacienda typifies the Filipino life style in a rural setting. Its restful ambience is ideal for a weekend getaway.

Ride a carabao-driven tram for a sight-seeing tour of the plantation and watch closely as an obliging staff show how coconuts are harvested, or visit the Escudero family’s private museum which features an unusual collection of religious images, World War II relics, antique furniture, and other artifacts. (B)

Hotel: Best Western Plus Antel or similar

Day 5  Manila – Cebu

Transfer to airport and depart for Cebu. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. (B)

Hotel: Quest or similar

Day 6  Cebu

Today, you will take a half-day tour to discover Cebu. This tour is a special journey that introduces Cebu’s history in a nutshell through spots as you cruise along its main thoroughfares.

The first stop will take you to the majestic Taoist Temple. Situated some 6 kilometers from the city center is this impressive and highly ornate temple of the Taoist religious community. Its size and architecture are evident that a considerable part of Cebu’s population is Chinese. You can get a good view of the city from this magnificent temple.

On our way to the Basilica, we pass by Cebu’s seat of government and its graceful piece of architecture, the Cebu Provincial Capitol, and Carbon Market, where most of the city’s fresh produce is being sold.

We stop at the Basilica Minore de Santo Nino, an ancient stone structure that was once called the Basilica Minore de San Agustin, and which now houses the statue of the Infant Jesus.

A short walk away is Magellan’s Cross, the spot where Christianity was first planted in Cebu. Not far away is Fort San Pedro, the first military stronghold in the country. Its walls were restored in the late ‘€˜60s and a garden is laid out in the inner courtyard, an enticing refuge not far from the hustle and bustle of the harbor.

Our last stop is Casa Gorordo. Here, the Parian district in today’s downtown area was the residential home of Cebu’s wealthy at the turn of the century. Of the remaining four houses, the Gorordo residence was restored and furnished in the style of the period. Apart from its furniture, there are porcelain, liturgical pieces, clothes and old photographs of Cebu.

Return to the hotel at noontime. (B)

Hotel: Quest or similar

Day 7   Cebu

Today, you will take the tour down to Carcar, an old Spanish town with colonial style houses and a church that dates back to the 18th century. Stop by a busy flea market and see how crunchy pork cracklings called ‘chicharon’€™ and local rice crispies called ‘ampao’™ are being prepared, then visit cottage industry stalls and stores that are involved in the production of shoes, house and farm implements.

Enroute to Cebu proper, drop by Jumalon’s Butterfly Sanctuary and view the extensive collection of paintings and lepido-mosaics by artist, naturalist and amateur lepidopterist, Julian N. Jumalon. (B)

Hotel: Quest or similar

Day 8  Cebu

Today is a free day for you at your leisure. (B)

Hotel: Quest or similar

Day 9  Cebu – Vancouver

Bid farewell to Philippine and depart for your home. It is the same afternoon when you arrive home as you will re-cross the International Dateline. (B)

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